colonnette: a small column.
colonnette A diminutive column which is usually either short or slender.
Collegiate churchA church endowed for the support of a college of priests.ColonnadeRange of columns supporting an entablature, without arches. Compare arcade.ColonnetteA small column or shaft, usually medieval.Colossal order ...
During most of the Middle Byzantine period, the space between the colonnettes was not filled with icons but with curtains. Nicholaos Andidorum describes in his Protheoria "the shutting of the doors and the closing of the curtain over them".
The tall, cylindrical figures repeat the form of the colonnettes to which they are bound. They are rendered in a severe, linear Romanesque style that nevertheless lends to the figures an impressive air of aspiring spirituality.
In such buildings we may detect the language of modernism in the powerful functional forms of the exterior and historicism in the fictive language of articulation (colonnettes with their bases and capitals) applied to the interior.